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Dizzy Gillespie, portrait, 1947.
Dizzy Gillespie in New York City, 1947

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Dizzy Gillespie
January 6, 1993

Dizzy Gillespie was one of the most famous composers of be-bop, a form of modern jazz that he created along with pianist Thelonious Monk, drummer Kenny Clarke, guitarist Charlie Christian, and alto saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. Gillespie contributed an enormous amount to jazz and modern music and he played up until he died, which was on this day, January 6, 1993. Gillespie described be-bop as music with a different accent, " ... on the up beat. Instead of OO-bah, it's oo-BAH. Different chords too." Guess what city Gillespie played in the most.
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